Above: Rural Aid Australia’s hay trucks head through Winton, QLD.
Just a couple of weeks ago, farmers in North West Queensland were feeding their stock to keep them alive in drought – and now they’re trying to rescue them from flooded paddocks and hope that they survive cold winds.
That’s the message that the ‘Buy a Bale’ charity is sending as they appeal for help to get stock feed to farmers now affected by Queensland’s floods.
Some farmers have lost millions of dollars in a matter of days.
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Australia’s largest pastoral company, The Australian Agricultural Company (AACo), which has more than half a million cattle across Qeensland and the Northern Territory, has lost many thousands of cattle – including almost 30,000 head on one property alone according to the ABC.
At the same time NSW farmers are still facing face high temperatures, Tasmania’s farmers are suffering bushfires, and drought continues into Victoria and South Australia.
Over the past month the Buy a Bale charity, an initiative of the charity Rural Aid Australia, has been sending 40 semi-trailers of hay each week to farmers in need in NSW and QLD. Now, they are waiting for flooded roads to reopen, so they can get close enough to properties in need. Helicopters have begun a process of dropping hay and supplies by helicopter to stranded cattle. This process will continue for weeks.
To support the charity in its efforts to save animals and support struggling farmers, make a donation through the Buy a Bale website.